Wed, Apr 27, 2011
Twitter Followers Coming From As Far Away As Australia
NASA invited 150 lucky people to a behind-the-scenes perspective
from the press site at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida
for the final launch of space shuttle Endeavour on Friday, April
29. The launch is scheduled for 1554 EDT.
The participants were selected randomly from more than 4,100
online registrants during a 24-hour opportunity in mid-March.
Attendees represent 43 U.S. states, the District of Columbia,
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Puerto Rico,
Switzerland, Venezuela, and the U.K. Participants will share their
experiences with their more than 3.7 million combined followers
through the social networking site Twitter. On Sunday, the agency
surpassed one million followers on its flagship Twitter account,
Beginning at noon on April 28, NASA will broadcast a portion of
the Tweetup when participants get to talk with NASA's Chief
Scientist Waleed Abdalati; Endeavour's Flow Director Dana M.
Hutcherson; International Space Station Associate Program Scientist
Tara Ruttley; astronaut Clay Anderson; and Principal Investigator
of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2, Sam Ting. Participants also
will tour Kennedy and get a spacesuit demonstration. The Tweetup
culminates with the launch.
This is the fourth time NASA has invited its Twitter followers
to experience a space shuttle launch. Previously, groups attended
Atlantis' STS-129 and STS-132 missions and Discovery's STS-133
launch. NASA also hosts Tweetup events at other NASA centers.
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